Gifting season is upon us all, and with Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day only two days apart, the pressure is on this year. While gifting for CNY is pretty straightforward (just go red and you can’t go wrong, eh?), Valentine’s day may pose more of a challenge considering the context. What do you do when romantic reds have been exhausted and the wow-factor is diminishing? Well, put simply, you read our gift guide.
That’s right—to save you some of the trouble of guesswork, we’ve curated a considered gift guide to make sure you get things right for the special lady in your life. Ahead, find our picks for foolproof V-day gifts your girl is bound to love (no matter how picky she is).
While there shall be no painting the town red this year with the ongoing MCO, if your girl’s beauty vice is makeup, you should treat her to the best lip and eye products she deserves.
The beauty house’s Valentine’s collection puts a twist on its emblematic Rouge Dior lipstick. The multi-functional lip care-and-colour lippy comes in two satin-finish shades: Iconic Red 999 and Flamboyant Red 080. Created by the brand’s Creative and Image Director Peter Philips, the lipstick features the iconic Christian Dior initials, as well as a flight of romantic hearts. TL;DR: It’s cute and she’ll love it.
Find it in Dior boutiques or shop online here.
Pat McGrath Labs
Gilty Pleasures Mini Lip Trio
To all the boys reading this with no clue about beauty: A trio of Dame Pat McGrath’s MatteTrance Lipsticks is every girl’s dream. In case you missed it, she’s an industry legend both on and off the runway.
Clout aside, this particular gift set benefits everyone involved—your lady receives an instant boost in confidence thanks to these luxuriously pigmented lippies, and you get to bask in the awe of her beauty. Plus, with shades like the potent plum ‘Executive Realness’, the cult-classic rouge ‘Elson 2′, and the satin pink ‘Soft Core’, this set is a safe bet for any skin tone. Win-win-win!
Find the trio here.
Any of our picks for V-day eyeshadow palettes
While red may be out of the question this year, pink surely isn’t! Find our edit of positively pink eyeshadow palettes here:
READ: 7 Best pink-based eyeshadow palettes for your date night in this Valentine’s Day
If 2020 was the year of self-care, 2021 is the sequel, thanks to MCO 2.0. While we’re all stuck in isolation yet again, treat your beloved to a round of skincare goodies.
Valentine’s Gift Box
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If you’d like to kill three birds with one stone, Clef has you covered with their Valentine’s Gift Box. The brand’s chic gift box has been created with the coinciding events in mind—in the gift set you will find: The best-selling Anti-Aging Mask and Hydrating Cleansing Gel, along with decorative fairy lights, a special gift card, and limited-edition ang pao.
It’s perfect for the upcoming MCO holiday season—with all of this staying home, what better gift is there for your boo than that of self-care?
Find the gift box exclusively online here.
Bath and Body
Why settle for a bouquet that is bound to wilt in a week when you can treat your lady to an olfactory experience that actually lasts? Show your special lady how much you care with our picks for incredible Valentine’s fragrances and body care goodies she is bound to adore.
Lots of Love Gift Set
This rose-, lavender-, and jasmine-scented set is the perfect gift for the eco-conscious bath lovers, featuring products to relax, pamper and reset your honey (all while avoiding excess packaging).
Within the set, you will find the Unicorn Horn bubble bar, the Blow Me A Kiss bubble blower, the Sex Bomb bath bomb, the Sakura bath bomb, the Love Me Do bath bomb, the Ro’s Argan body conditioner, and the Prince Charming shower gel. We reiterate: you cannot go wrong here.
Find the set in-store or click here.
Étoile Filante Fragrance
READ: Louis Vuitton’s Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud on what makes an emotive fragrance
Osmanthus flower takes centre stage as the heart of the brand-new Étoile Filante fragrance by Louis Vuitton, with notes of magnolia and jasmine to deepen the floral medley. Evoking feelings of nostalgia and joy, this scent will show your honey just how much she means to you.
If you’d like to go the extra mile, you can also score a stunning matching fragrance case from the brand’s ‘Since 1854’ collection that is sure to knock her socks off (among other things)!
Find the fragrance here, and find the travel case here.
Scarlet Poppy Cologne Intense
Inspired by—you guessed it—scarlet poppy, this particular fragrance is an incredible blend of the namesake bloom, velvety iris, sweet barley and tonka bean, and succulent fig, and comes in a special-edition bottle to match. The finishing touch? A heart-shaped gift box to turn up the cheese factor (and win yourself some brownie points while you’re at it).
Find the fragrance here.
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